Thursday, November 22, 2012

Young Adults Needed For Bowater Transition Survey

A member of the Bowater Transition Advisory Committee is calling on young adults to provide their input on living and working on the South Shore. A survey is available for local residents to fill out and talk about what they feel are the strengths of Lunenburg/Queens, and things they value in the community. The document has received a lot of feedback but few thoughts are coming from young adults. Andrew Button says people should voice their opinion.

Button says the committee will soon wrap up their work and deliver their findings to the province. To have your say, fill out the survey here:

Supreme Court: Eisnor To Be Tried By Judge & Jury

A 48 year-old man charged with first degree murder in the death of his estranged wife will be tried by judge and jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Wayne Paul Eisnor of Barss Corner is accused of shooting his 42-year-old wife, Tina Mae, in the parking lot of a New Germany grocery store in June 2010 before turning the gun on himself. Judge Gregory Lenehan issued the decision following the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in Bridgewater Provincial Court. There had been two days set aside for the hearing but the Crown called all of its eight witnesses in a matter of a few hours. TDates for the trial will be set on December 20th.

MODL Directs Paving Requests To Committees

A pair of paving requests in the Municipality of Lunenburg have been sent to committees for further discussion. Council has decided to get more information on paving Harold Whynot Road and Craig Chandler Drive in Pine Grove and Buena Vista Drive, Aspen Court and a small portion of Meldrum Avenue in the Conquerall Bank area. The two paving projects are estimated to cost almost $600,000. Deputy Mayor Don Zwicker says they should do their homework before making any decisions.

Council has the option to cost-share up to 40% of the project, but only has $100,000 in their Street Improvement Reserve Fund. The municipality would have to include money in their 2013-14 budget to help complete the work. Two petitions would also need to be approved before paving could move forward.

Third Confinement Case Suspect Granted Bail

The third man accused in the teen confinement case has been granted bail. John Leonard MacKean was released on $1,000 bail and a number of conditions. The 63 year-old is prohibited from being in the presence of anyone under the age of 18, have no access to the Internet and he must stay in contact with authorities on a regular basis. MacKean also must remain in the Nova Scotia unless for work purposes. He is facing two charges, including sexual assault and a prostitution-related offence in relation to the confinement of a 16 year-old boy in Upper Chelsea. The matter has been put over until January 23rd.

Two South Shore Men Face Theft-Related Charges

Several incidents of theft along the South Shore have led to a slew of charges being laid against two men. Twenty-one-year-old Lawrence Glen Nickerson of Shelburne and 46-year-old John Vantrease of New Germany face a total of 27 charges. They include break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, theft over 5-thousand dollars and breach of probation in relation to incidents in Shelburne, Bridgewater and Port Medway. The accused have made separate court appearances and have been remanded in custody. Both will return to court November 28th; Nickerson in Shelburne provincial court and Vantrease in Bridgewater provincial court. Their arrests and charges follow a lengthy investigation by the RCMP in Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties.

Gas Prices May Drop Tomorrow

Standby for gasoline prices on the South Shore to either drop some tonight or remain the same. In New Brunswick this morning, prices are down. Prices for regular self-serve fell by almost two cents at midnight to a maximum of $1.26 per litre. However, diesel prices jumped by seven tenths of a cent to $1.38 a litre. Furnace oil crept up by two-tenths to $1.17 cents.

Consultations Wrap-Up On Bridgewater's Downtown

The final meeting on Bridgewater's downtown and waterfront will be held tonight at the fire hall. Town officials have been meeting with the public all week discussing the community's future. All the information provided will be gathered to create a downtown and waterfront master plan. Ekistics Planning and Design has been tasked with creating the document for council. Its expected to be presented to Bridgewater council by March. Tonight's meeting will be held at 6:30pm.